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Ruth Pauli

PhD Thesis 

I am a PhD student with Dr. Stephane De Brito in the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) group at the University of Birmingham. I am applying multivariate pattern classification techniques to structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data of the human brain, in order to better characterise subtypes of conduct disorder (i.e. behavioural problems) in children and adolescents. My research is part of the European-wide FemNAT-CD consortium, investigating behavioural and neurocognitive differences in male and female adolsecents.

SCAN lab:


MIBTP First Year

I undertook my first lab placement with Prof. Thomas Nichols and Dr. Camille Maumet in the Institute of Digital Healthcare at Warwick University. I compared multiple MRI analysis packages by analysing the same data in each package, as part of a wider data sharing initiative. This work led to a publication in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics in July 2016.

I split my PIPS placement between two organisations: Evolyst (a Warwick-based company making healthcare-related apps) and Sunfield school (a residential special school in Worcestershire).

My final lab placement was in the SCAN lab, where I investigated facial emotion processing in children with varying levels of callous/unemotional traits, as well as collecting MRI data for my main PhD thesis.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the SCAN lab I gained my BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham (2010), my MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from UCL and Yale (2015), and worked for several years as a research assistant in NHS mental health services.


Pauli, R., Bowring, A., Reynolds, R., Chen, G., Nichols, T. E., & Maumet, C. (2016). Exploring fMRI Results Space: 31 Variants of an fMRI Analysis in AFNI, FSL, and SPM. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 10(July), 1–6.